Breed Information Centre

Australian Cattle Dog


Illustration of Australian Cattle Dog

Strength and speed are combined in this breed which has, like many of the Pastoral breeds a natural instinct for work. Tireless, with great endurance he was sometimes known as the Australia Heeler, as he crouches low in his work, nipping at the heels of cattle to drive them on. They are distrustful of strangers and very protective of his owner and his territory and for this reason are often used as guard dogs in the farmyard. It is thought that the Dingo and the Kelpie played their part in the ancestry of the Australian Cattle Dog. The breed colours of red speckle and blue speckle are distinctive features.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Pastoral Breed Group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.

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